It's a beautiful Sunday in southern Arizona, and I'm feeling like a free woman. Well... almost. I'm free in the sense that (a) it's Sunday, and (b) I don't have to work at the day job next week. It's an unexpected boon in the form of use-it-or-lose-it time, and obviously, I'm not going to lose it. There's a downside to the entire situation, but I can't go into that right now-- just have to wait and see what happens.
In any event, of course I want to write. And paint. You'd think I'd start it off by doing just that today, but... no. Instead, I'm doing marketing. Yes, I've spent the better part of my day posting around the web, updating blogs and websites and I'm not even close to being finished. It's a vicious circle of sorts, and every time I get stuck in it, I think of an argument I had with my Harvard-educated Humanities professor a couple of years ago. He disagreed with something I'd written in a paper (although he still gave me an "A"). I don't remember the thing exactly, but it had to do with ancient man and how they would spend their time. He felt that technology was NOT a timesaver, that in and of itself it created more things to do rather than saved time. I disagreed.
I was wrong. Flat out, no-holds-barred WRONG.
Any writer who disagrees is either not bothering (and likely remaining pretty much unknown) or wealthy/lucky enough to have someone else doing all this for them. I'm neither, although I definitely have to give enormous kudos to my husband, author Weston Ochse, who's always finding great tips and marketing bonanzas, and who will take the time out of his own very busy schedule to do time-consuming stuff for me that I can't or don't know how to do for myself. Like creating movie trailers for my books, finding fantastic widgets that will bring more visitors to my webistes, etc.
And in the meantime, have I written anything today in the great and grand world of fiction?
Alas, not a single, precious word.
Oh-- and the entire reason I wrote the above blog? To let folks know to look me up at the Tucson Festival of Books next Saturday, March 12th. Check it out under the Appearance link. :o)
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